MONTESQUIEU’S THOUGHTS ABOUT ARMENIANS
Charles-Louis Montesquieu (1689 - 1755), the famous writer, historian, economist, theorist of law, sociologist and aesthete was not only a great patriot and humanist, but also an Armenophile and contributed greatly to the honest cause of elaborating a socially benevolent opinion about the Armenian people in pre-Revolutionary France. Preferring the epistolary genre, widespread in the 18th century, Montesquieu, discusses different social, political, academic, cultural, moral, aesthetic and religious questions, which worried progressive intellectuals. Montesquieu inspires his reader with love and respect towards Armenians. From this point of view are very important his Persian Letters. Montesquieu also wrote about Armenia the Armenians and in his valuable historic work, "Reflections on the Causes of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire".
Montesquieu contributed to the formation of true public opinion and the elaboration of a positive attitude towards the Armenian people in France and generally in the civilized world.
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